Psst … Have You Heard of Gossip Jazz @ Greentown, Ipoh?October 24, 2012 | 14,233 views
Gossip Jazz’s “The Best Sang Har Mein” (RM25/USD8) (no, it’s really named as such) comprises of deep fried wantan noodles (egg noodles) and two large freshwater prawns.
Have you heard of this new place named Gossip Jazz in Greentown? A wine bar coming to life with live jazz performances every Thursday to Saturday night, and relaxing jazz and blues music playing over the background at other times.
Psst. Let me drop you another hint; they don’t joke when they claim that their Sang Har Mein (Freshwater Prawn Noodles) is the best in town.
The interior of Gossip Jazz; with a stage on the left and the bar in the middle of the premise. IMO, the spaces between the dining tables should be expanded slightly to accommodate a larger crowd during peak hours.
We first received notification about this new place about a month ago. Flyers were distributed around town and noise level was increased in a viral approach through social media (join their Facebook page for updates). Another new fusion cafe in town would have created mere splatters, but a new jazz+blues lounge+restaurant generated ripples and waves of excitement.
Btw, the only other jazz bistro in town has got to be Denis Jazz Bistro in Ipoh Garden, a stalwart of an establishment with more than 5 years in business, and still going strong.
Soup of the Day (Cream of Seafood) & a freshly-toasted Garlic Bread (RM6/USD2 for a set)
Conventional assumptions towards a wine bistro serving good food sparked reservations; as the flyer featuring shots of Sang Har Mein, Lamb Shank and Tenderloin Steak could not entice me enough to call for immediate action.
However, on a rainy evening yesterday left with not many choices around Greentown (picky I know, but knowing me …. you would understand why I seldom visit the same place if I can avoid it), I suddenly remembered Gossip Jazz somewhere around the vicinity.
The Classic Pepperoni Pizza (RM18/USD6)
A quick search for information on their page revealed that yes, thankfully they have started business about a week now. The next question was, where exactly is the location?
No thanks to a dreadful 3G connection around my area (deteriorating from bad to worse, really), we were left fending for ourselves by taking chances around the business centre. After all, how big can Greentown be?
Gossip Jazz is in fact, located along the same road as the Maxis service centre, directly opposite of SnowDream and the ex-Dubliners Cafe. Map to come at the end of this post.
Hainanese Chicken Rice (RM13/USD4.30)
The psychedelic neon-blue lighting and the bar-like setup with a stage placed with various musical instruments stopped us on our tracks. Not to mention the three semi-spherical structures housing three tables with lime green cushioned seats lining the perimeters of the restaurant.
Then we browsed the menu placed on a pedestal on the outside, and a very pleasant staff coming to our aide. Pizzas, pastas, lamb chops and steaks, grilled salmon, nasi lemak and Hainanese chicken rice, light bites that no doubt go well with their extensive selection of wines and spirits, as well as Illy coffee (!) priced at no more than RM6 per serving.
I was sold.
Ice Cream Cake (RM6/USD2) per slice; not made in-house but from a supplier
The Sang Har Mein arrived with two huge and succulent freshwater prawns lying on top of a bed of crispy deep fried egg noodles garnished with chopped spring onions, and a pool of sumptuous gravy without the starchy texture. To find a place that serves good Sang Har Mein in Ipoh can be akin to finding a needle in a haystack (enlighten me please), and so far, Gossip Jazz laying stake to the BEST in Ipoh could be not far from the truth.
The cream of seafood soup fared less impressive; bogged down by the saltier than desirable taste. However, they took it all in stride when the feedback was given. And did I mention about the level of courtesy and prompt service? Excellent from the moment we were seated until we settled the bill. Kudos, for you know how some new eateries hire cheap part-timers and throw everything else out the window.
If you can get over the fact that their Hainanese Chicken Rice (RM13) is priced at almost triple the price charged at your neighbourhood chicken rice uncle’s stall, then you’re in for a treat. The fragrant rice was almost devoid of oil; a definite winner in my books. And sizeable portion was served too, complemented by blanched bok choy and of course; a generous cut of poached chicken. The chili sauce with mashed ginger deserves a mention too; and we ended up calling for seconds (no extra charge for the sauce).
The pizza arrived last, but it was a bearable wait (not more than 15 minutes) and definitely took me by surprise. Half-expecting a miserable attempt of canned tomato puree smothered on a tasteless dough base, the thin crust pizza with a molten of melted mozzarella over beef pepperoni and relatively fresh tomato sauce was scrumptious. This made me eager to return for the other 3 flavours on the menu; especially the Chicken Pepper Pizza.
We capped off the meal with a slice of Ice-cream cheese cake, a recommendation of the waiter tending to our table. The spongy-light chocolate cake sandwiching a layer of ice-cream was not so sweet, but was just passable. Since they only have three types of desserts on their list (the others being a Banana Split and one serving of 3-scoops of ice-cream), I suggest that you give their starters and mains more stomach space, while leaving some for the coffee, or of course … their mind-boggling selection of liquor.
They only host live jazz performances on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9pm onwards. We have not borne witness to the performance while we were there, yet this place does hold promise for a slightly lacklustre night scene in Greentown of Ipoh.
When all else failed, you can still take comfort in their food. Was really tempted to try the Roasted Lamb Chop (about RM25) or the Australian Tenderloin steak (about RM32), yet I have had enough of red meat for the entire week’s quota. Join me for next round then?
*Gossip Jazz will be having their official launch this Friday (26th October 2012) from 9pm onwards. Guest of honour is none other than Jack Lim; the MyFM DJ better known for his other persona … “Ah Beng”. No invitation necessary.
GOSSIP JAZZ (www) (Facebook page)
No. 6 & 8, Persiaran Greentown Avenue 8,
Greentown Business Centre,
30450 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia.
Tel No : +605-2413 173, +6016-5570 173
GPS Coordinates : 4.59984,101.095657
Google Map to Gossip Jazz